Just a quick note and pointer towards this IKEA Design Fiction catalogue, a project that we have participated in at the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre at Stockholm University, where Ericsson is one of the partners.
The IKEA Design Fiction catalogue is a collection of visualized scenarios that asks a number of open questions about possible futures that could be enabled by emerging technologies. The ideas in the catalogue are the [ Read more ]
Just a heads-up and pointers to a couple of upcoming talks by Joakim Formo, designer and Senior Researcher at UX Lab. The first is in Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday September 2 and will be about how design can be used actively and strategically in technology research and development. The event is hosted by IxDA Oslo (the event is open to the public, follow this link to join and [ Read more ]
Earlier this year the British innovation company Fluxx contacted me for an interview about how we at the UX Lab and Ericsson are working with innovation. The interview is now published on their excellent website! As usual my answers were rather long so they needed to be edited a bit, however both Fluxx and we thought it could be of interest to publish a more raw [ Read more ]
There hasn’t been too much information about the activities in the UN-Habitat partnership on the blog. Fortunately, lack of activities is not the reason for this silence. It has rather been a very busy first year of the research collaboration. Anyhow, it is definitely time to write a few lines about one of the projects we have done together.
First, a short recap. In 2014, Ericsson and UN-Habitat [ Read more ]
In a few weeks’ time (March 2-5) we’ll be at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This year we at the UX Lab will be there to present the evolved version of the concept “Remote Control over Mobile Networks” that we introduced last year (http://www.ericsson.com/uxblog/2014/03/mwc-recap-presenting-an-ux-view-of-the-future-of-mobile-networks-and-systems/). We’re pretty excited considering that this year we will present a fully [ Read more ]
Should public safety trump civil liberty? Will cities (or our lives for that matter) become better if we make them more efficient? Does it matter if common technologies are indecipherable to most people? Is it always a given that the data generated by people’s use of products and services belongs to the ones providing those products and services?
These kinds of questions are a tacit or clearly stated part [ Read more ]
Just a pointer to an upcoming event hosted by us at the UX Lab and Ericsson. On January 29 a meetup on Ethics & Technology will be held at the Ericsson Studio here in Kista, Stockholm (follow the link to RSVP). As the title suggests, we’ll be talking about the ethical and moral aspects of creating new products and services for the [ Read more ]
It’s a new year and we are a little bit embarrassed over our blog activity in 2014. Last year it turned out that quite a lot of the work that we produced mattered quite a lot the rest of the organisation, something that made it a bit tricky for us to decide what we could share publicly. This was unfortunate and in order to do better we intend to approach [ Read more ]
Rising a child is a complex task
Lately I’ve been studying complexity: complex systems in general, and management and operations thereof in particular. It’s a fairly all-encompassing subject that tends to easily shift over to rather abstract discussions. In this blog post I’ll try to stick to the core and bring up some of the aspects that we at the UX lab have been thinking of. These are aspects of [ Read more ]
The notion that something new equals progression is profoundly embedded in our commercial culture. Improved is almost a synonym for new and we characterise a new version of just about anything as better, especially if it involves any kind of technology. In mobile wireless network systems ‘improved’ often means more; more speed, more capacity, more responsiveness, more frequencies etc., and unless technical abbreviations like WCDMA, LTE and HSPA are very [ Read more ]